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Hand Problems Conquered?

About a year ago, as it were, I started getting pretty nasty pain in my hand. I hesitate to call it “carpal tunnel”, because as I understand it these probably-computer-related hand pains are more likely generically categorized under “RSI” or Repetitive Stress Injury” rather than specifically the carpal tunnel.

For many, many months to come, it was nearly constant pain. I wore a brace around my wrist, which helped some, both day and night. I swallowed Ibuprofen like candy.

Gradually, over time, the pain seemed to subside. I made a number of changes. I started using the Microsoft Natural Egonomic Keyboard 4000 and I bought a wrist pad for my Kensington Ball Mouse. I wish I could say I’ve improved my chair posture but that would be a lie.

I still feel a little “weirdness” in my right hand sometimes, but it’s largely no big deal. I just wanted to make a note of this on my blog for posterity and to be thankful that this health problem has gone away.